Friday, 12 February 2016

things I like lately

Here is some meat to balance out all the veggie inspiration I just purchased. From my September 2010 archives; dinner time on the Château de Triac estate, Cognac France // Kodak Portra 160c, Canon EOS 500N

- when Sølve takes a screaming, overtired Sverre to the bathroom to get him ready for bed, so I can enjoy a bowl of his super delicious fish soup in peace and quiet (well, as quiet as it gets with a four year old as my dining companion)
- homemade hamburgers and a freezer full of homemade meatballs - Sølve loves his meat grinder!
- an impromptu play date with one of Sara's best buddies from kindergarten
- and later in the week a planned dinner and play date with said buddy
- a freshly cut fringe
- coral pink finger nails
- the tidy life: 7 daily habits from the author of Simple Matters
- this little interview with Luise Vindahl of Green Kitchen Stories
- going on a little Amazon book shopping spree - I got these beautiful books from some of my favorite bloggers: My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well, Vegetarian Everyday: Healthy Recipes from Our Green Kitchen and Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More
- still hooked on oatmeal porridge for breakfast
- back on the green juice wagon (but still eating too much sweets - let's call it a balanced diet, shall we?)
- the new look on Monique's blog The Sunday Best
- these reusable smoothie pouches (via Linn)
- a surprise package in the mail from the very best Hanne in Bergen - the best homemade granola I have ever tasted!
- the look of a bouquet of 70 (!) tulips (for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday this week)

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Things I don't like lately

- Sara cut her hair - by herself - and its very short
- Sverre wakes up more often during night than he used to - I think it's because he's hungry, so we are slowly starting to introduce solids - big milestone!
- cancelling our planned trip to the mountain cabin this weekend due to super cold temperatures - we don't want to bring Sara and Sverre there when its as cold as minus 15-20 degrees Celsius

Monday, 8 February 2016

a few 2015 favorites: June

In June I finished grading a total of 85 student midterm papers, felt the load of being a full-time working pregnant mamma, shared a few photos of my home office, had the first al fresco dinner of the season and the first garden party in our garden, started the process of painting our house, ate rhubarb from our own garden for the first time, hung out with my sister and her 7 months son, enjoyed the start of my 7 weeks summer holiday after a very busy school year, longed for bare legs weather and had bacon and egg for brunch every weekend.

Everyday stories: life, week 23 // life, week 24 // life, week 25 // life, week 26

Friday, 5 February 2016

things I like lately

pussy willow galore from my 2010 archives

- Amanda's new project Homesong (I love her Instagram too)
- this new to me food blog: Familiemat (family food)
- the idea of daily habits for happiness
- rhubarb strawberry crumble with homemade ice cream (I use this brilliant recipe)
- homemade bread
- carnival costumes from IKEA - I got the eagle (my favourite) and the bat
- Sverre has started to take keen interest in the food we eat
- plans of baking cardamom buns on Sunday because of fastelavn
- mixed nuts and banana (plus the usual sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon) on my morning oatmeal porridge
- the first pussy willow buds and snowbells (not in our garden yet though) of the season
- mornings and afternoons are getting brighter
- seeing how Sara's drawing skills evolves
- chocolate mousse
- successfully transferring a sleeping Sverre from boob to bed - it always feels like such a victory!
- this interview with one of my favorite bloggers, Erin Boyle of Reading my tealeaves
- habit shift: cloth napkins (we use these kitchen towels as cloth napkins - to get them a little less wrinkly without ironing them, I air dry them instead of tumble dry them)
- differences between British and American English
- successfully getting Sara's pacifiers from the pacifier tree just in time before they cut it down (because of complaints that plastic does not belong in nature plus they make a mess) - and just in time to get my fifteen minutes of fame via NRK Rogaland and TV Vest (fun yet a bit embarrassing - I feel much more comfortable behind the camera as the journalist)

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Things I don't like lately

- a sore throat
- ice glazed roads and forgetting my brodder (I have no idea what this is called in English) at home

Thursday, 4 February 2016

a few 2015 favorites: May

In May I finished my pedagogics studies, finally had film developed, I was interviewed by Frankie magazine, enjoyed clear blue skies and blooming trees, celebrated our 17th anniversary as a couple, graded a huge pile of student midterm papers and continued to do a lot of weekend working, was reunited with our best friends from Bergen, was gifted a custom made pennant from our best Sandnes friends, made chocolate mousse and panna cotta with raspberry sauce, was super thankful for the generosity of my mother-in-law who volunteered to sew all our curtains, bought a yellow rug for our living room (even though yellow is not my favorite color), had to give my bound the day off on the Constitution Day due to my growing belly and watched our fresh lawn slowly growing and getting green.  

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Everyday stories: life, week 18 // life, week 19 // life, week 20 // life, week 21 // life, week 22

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

life, week 4

such a contrast to last week // ten below vs ten above // #astridspramwalkdiaries

Trying to scare away the sweets craving with a green lunch. Avocado topped with chilli flakes, sesame seeds and sea salt on homemade no-knead oat bread, a diced kiwi and two fresh dates for dessert.

Looks like the days of the baby activity gym are coming to an end.

Continuing my quest to scare away the sugar craving monster with this lunch of homemade oat bread with avocado topped with sesame seeds, chilli and sea salt (like yesterday) plus Philadelphia cheese with salami and cucumber, diced kiwi, blue grapes and fresh dates.

Looking rather surprised about his fresh rolling over skills.

before 9 am // mornings are getting brighter

We were getting ready for a little pram walk around the lake; Sverre was already in the pram - screaming his lungs out. Yet I just had to take a moment and document this light. Because light like this can make my day. 

typical west coast winter

trying to get into the habit of going for a pram walk every day // this week is very good so far #astridspramwalkdiaries

plus quinoa, feta and lørdagspølse (sausage) from the local butcher

Tor the storm is coming // apparently it's Jonas leftovers 

excited to find Tuscan kale in the store today // who gets excited about kale anyway? #foodnerd

I could tell you a lot about this little guy's lacking ability to nap and fall asleep today, but I won't. Instead I'll say: yay it's Friday!

trying to keep our skating skills fresh

A bad photo of a dinner and a weekend I want to remember. That béarnaise sauce was the best I have ever had! Sauce master K's trick: cayenne. 

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Week 4: January 25-31


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